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Cherry Farm Research Station Hunting Program - Goldsboro, NC

The Research Stations Division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services periodically offers permit-based hunting opportunities for the Thompson Farm section of the Cherry Farm Research Station in Goldsboro, NC. Permits are only offered during years in which hunting will not interfere with research activities being conducted on the property. As such, the specific areas within the Thompson Farm which are open to hunting, dates when hunting will be permitted, and the permit fees change from year to year.

A sample map of the Thompson Farm section of the Cherry Farm Research Station may be viewed via this link to the Research Stations website:

The above map shows the access point, parking area, and approved hunting areas within the Thompson Farm section from a past hunting season. The map will be updated each year hunting is offered in order to reflect that season's unique guidelines. 

There will be a fee for each gun hunting permit. A permit allows the hunter to hunt on the property only during the dates listed on the permit. This revenue will be used to cover administration costs, improve road conditions on the property and fund additional forest management work.

Hunting permits are distributed through a lottery. Please complete the below sign-up sheet if you would like to be included in the lottery. The lottery is only held in years when hunting will be offered. Typically, up to 12 randomly-selected hunters are drawn and mailed an invitation to purchase a permit as well as an updated map and rules and regulations for a specific year's hunting program. Hunters will be mailed or e-mailed their permits once the NCDA&CS receives payment. Hunters names may only appear once in the lottery pool.

The hunter signup sheet below accepts hunter information year round. Any and all are welcome to apply. Hunters who wish to have their name in the lottery only need to sign up once in order to be considered for current and all future lotteries. Hunter information will not be removed from the lottery list unless they request that they be removed. Each hunter should enter their own information, but family members and hunter/helper combinations are encouraged to make a note of their relationship in the comments section. 

Please keep in mind that the property is a State facility that operates on a daily basis.  Be aware of crews working around the farm. This is not a Gameland property but rather a working farm where research, farm and forest management work, and NCDA&CS employee safety are the priority. Hunters who wish to hunt on land in which they have full control are advised against enrolling in this lottery as there will be several days where hunting is prohibited due to research or farm management work. We will notify hunters via telephone or e-mail as those dates are identified.

Hunting permits are non-refundable. Additionally, the purchase of these permits does not provide hunters the right to dictate management of the land. Management activities like crop harvesting, research data collection, prescribed burning, herbicide applications, and timber harvests take priority over all recreational uses.

Guidelines for hunting the property change from year to year, but a sample of the guidelines hunters must agree to are as follows:



NCDA&CS Cherry Research Station


  • Hunters must sign in and out of the property at the Cherry Research Farm's main office. 


  • Hunters must follow all mandatory phytosanitary measures (typically consisting of pressuring washing their vehicle and personal gear as a designated washing station) prior to leaving the Cherry Research Farm.


  • Hunters must have and carry a current North Carolina Hunting License issues by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.


  • Hunters must have and carry current North Carolina Hunting Permit and permit issued by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at all times.


  • No baiting – No corn, salt licks, or anything else that attracts the animal to you or a certain place.


  • You must adhere to regulations as stated in the current North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting & Trapping Regulations Digest (available through the NC Wildlife Resources Commission)


  • Do Not Kill snakes, lizards, or any other wildlife on the Cherry Farm other than deer and wild pigs.


  • NO dogs


  • NO ATV’s


  • NO vehicles off existing roads or easements


  • Hunters must be a minimum of eight (8) feet off of the ground. This height may be obtained through the use of a stand of portable tripod. 


  • NO permanent deer stands or tripods - temporary stands and tripods only. No stands that cause damage to the trunk of trees.


  • NO “man-driving”


  • NO camping of any kind on the property.


  • NO fires for any reason.


  • Access the property only off of Claridge Nursery Road as indicated on the attached map. No perimeter gates will be opened for access.


  • Hunters must park only in the parking area indicated on the map and walk into the hunting area.


  • Hunting in designated areas only as indicated on the map. NO hunting in Buffer zones. 



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